The Fossa, is endemic to Madagascar and is considered Vulnerable [VU] by the World Conservation Union’s (IUCN) red list for threatened species. Free-ranging fossa populations have reduced by almost 30% in the last 21 years. The main factors responsible for this drastic reduction of their free-ranging population numbers are habitat loss and fragmentation, hunting and the detrimental effects of feral carnivores.
The Association of American Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)’s species survival plan (SSP) for Fossa aims to support the conservation breeding of this species for the purposes of 1) species conservation, 2) maintaining self-sustaining populations.
Micke Grove Zoo plays an integral role in several SSP organized by AZA. The Zoo has successfully bred the critically endangered Waldrapp Ibis, Geronticus eremita and the endangered Golden-lion tamarin, Leontopithecus rosalia. The Southern pudu, Pudu puda which is considered Vulnerable by IUCN’s red list for threatened species has bred successfully at the Zoo as well.
Micke Grove Zoo currently has several species from Madagascar and is committed to educating its visitors on the island’s wildlife and issues that threaten their conservation. The Zoo’s education efforts touch upon Madagascar’s key conservation issues and encourage support for the conservation of its habitat and species. Visitors are also shown a wildlife documentary on Madagascar and its wildlife. Acquiring fossa will boost the Zoo’s conservation education efforts in support of Madagascar and its wildlife.
The Zoo is interested in acquiring a pair of fossas to support its conservation. The Zoo has acquired juvenile sibling male fossas from a facility in North Dakota. Bearing in mind best-practice guidelines, the zoo will initially house the siblings together for companionship. When the juvenile Fossas become sub-adults, one of the males will be sent to another zoo in exchange for a female fossa from the SSP. This will provide the Zoo an opportunity to breed the species and support its conservation.
If you are interested in supporting our fossa
conservation program, you may send or drop off donations in person to:
Micke Grove Zoological Society
11793 N. Micke Grove Road
Lodi, CA 95240
Micke Grove Zoo aims to breed fossas in captivity (Photo courtesy: Dr. Richard Tenaza)
Habitat destruction in Madagascar has detrimentally affected population numbers of the species [Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons]